After weeks of speculation, UFC president Dana White has revealed ‘Fight Island’ is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Breaking the news on ESPN’s ‘First Take’, ‘Fight Island’ will help the promotion stage fights featuring international fighters who are struggling to enter the United States due to travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The UFC will hold their first event on the island in July, starting with a stacked UFC 251 on July 11th before fight cards on July 15th, July 18th and July 25th.
UFC 251 is currently set to boast three title fights as Petr Yan and Jose Aldo will square off the vacant bantamweight title, Alexander Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title in an immediate rematch against Max Holloway while welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will face Gilbert Burns in the events headline act.
The main card will also feature former champions Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade squaring off for the second time in addition to Paige VanZant vs. Amanda Ribas.
White would also go on to confirm that the area of Yas Island that will make up ‘Fight Island’ includes an arena, hotel, training facilities and dining establishments. It will also include a “safety zone” of 10 square miles, in which the only people permitted will consist of athletes, coaches, UFC staff and limited personnel.
A training octagon will also be set up on the beach.
Yas Island does have recent history with the UFC as it acted as the venue for UFC 242 last September which saw Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully unify the lightweight title against Dustin Poirier.